Have questions about First Year Experience? Check out the answers below to some of the most frequently asked questions about the program. Still want to learn more? Contact FYE Coordinator, Nikki O'Brien, at nobrien@parkland.edu to learn more. 

What is FYE?

FYE represents “First Year Experience” and is an introductory course for college students focused on academic, career, and personal success strategies. The course helps students transition to the college experience by providing resources, proven strategies for success, and opportunities to self-reflect. FYE is both a course (FYE 101) and an experience. The curriculum is based on the work of the National Resource Center for the First Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina and adjusted to fit the Parkland student experience.

Is FYE 101 a required course?

FYE 101 is not a required course, although we highly recommend it and hope you will take it with us!

What does FYE 101 cover?

FYE 101 covers a variety of topics including: Study strategies, time management, test-taking skills, career exploration, educational planning, goal-setting, budgeting, conflict management, wellness, diversity, and so much more!

Does it matter which section of FYE 101 I choose?

FYE 101 offers several sections, some of which are designated for specific student populations such as student athletes, Pathway to Illinois students, or early college/dual credit students. If there is no restriction on the course, you are welcome to enroll! Check with your academic advisor to make sure you are in the right section.

Can I take FYE 101 online?

FYE 101 offers at least one online section each semester. Check out our course guide to see if taking FYE 101 online is a good fit for you.

Who teaches FYE 101?

There is a team of more than 12 full-time, part-time, or dual credit faculty who teach FYE 101.  Check out the FYE Faculty profiles on the website to learn more about them!

Can I take FYE 101 any time at Parkland or does it have to be my first year?

While we encourage all first-time students to take FYE 101 in their first semester at Parkland, you can take the course any semester that fits your schedule. We are always happy to have you in class with us!

I'm still in high school. Is FYE 101 offered as a Dual Credit option?

Yes! FYE 101 is a dual credit option in many high schools. Contact Early College Services at earlycollege@parkland.edu to see if your high school offers FYE 101.

How many credits is FYE 101?

FYE is most often offered in 1-credit and 2-credit options, but there are also 3-credit options available.

What is the cost to take FYE 101?

FYE follows the campus tuition and fee schedule. The cost of the textbook is $69 plus tax and there is an additional $4 course fee. Check current rates on the Parkland Tuition and Fees page.

Is there a required textbook for the class?

The current FYE 101 textbook is Understanding Your College Experience: Strategies for Success, Third Edition, by John N. Gardner and Betsy O. Barefoot. The current cost is $69 at the Parkland Bookstore.

What else do I need to know about FYE?

Students consistently say they are glad they took FYE 101 and learned a lot about campus, made friends in class, and gained insight about their purpose and interests throughout the semester. Faculty are knowledgeable, caring, and look forward to having you in class!

When is FYE 101 offered?

We offer sections of FYE 101 in Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.

How do I know which learning format will work best for me?

FYE 101 is offered in-person, online, and hybrid formats. Check out our course format guide to see tips on choosing which format might work best for you.